Mac MacPherson – “The Courtroom Commando” – has been practicing law for over 39 years and is the only attorney in the world board certified by a state bar as a specialist in both tax law and criminal law.

And for good reason. He has tried over 55 criminal tax cases in 25 states. Trial of a criminal tax case requires knowledge of and experience with criminal law, trials and appeals, and tax law.

As evidenced by the firm’s practice areas, Mac has extensive experience in the areas of civil and criminal tax controversies of all types, ranging from audits and criminal investigations, many of which were dropped, to appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Because of his extensive litigation experience, together with his strong military background and West Point, Airborne, Ranger, Infantry, Jumpmaster, Special Forces “take no prisoners” attitude, it should not be surprising that, despite the small size of his firm, he was called upon to represent two governors, three state senators, CIA operatives, and a major U.S. airline.

In fact, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously agreed that his client, constitutionalist and former governor Evan Mecham, could run again for governor, despite his impeachment conviction. Ingram v. Shumway, 794 P.2d 147 (Ariz. 1990).

And the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit was not shy to emphatically state that MacPherson’s client, Jean C. Hylton, had exercised her First Amendment right to petition her government for redress of grievances “in its most pristine form,” where Mrs. Hylton had filed criminal complaints in county court against IRS special agents who had trespassed upon her Texas property.

Thus, acquittal was ordered for charges of intentional interference with IRS agents. U.S. v. Hylton, 558 F.Supp. 872 (S.D. Tex. 1982), aff’d, 710 F.2d 1106 (5th Cir. 1983). Simply put, with extensive experience, Mac brings to bear well-honed skills.

In the military tradition, we call this “full metal jacket.”

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Mac’s view of the world is through the paradigm of what he has coined “The West Point Systems Engineering Approach;” but far more simplified than actual systems engineering.

A + B = C. If you know the quantity A and the quantity B, you can solve for the quantity C. Simple math. Simple logic.

Or, if C requires both elements A and B, then with either A or B missing, you cannot have C. Or, the syllogism. Major premise; minor premise; conclusion. All persons with X have Y. Kramer has X; therefore, Kramer has Y.

After all, engineering is applied math, and math is “the perfect science.”

Unfortunately for the legal system, and society as a whole, many attorneys, and therefore judges, are schooled not in math and engineering, but in political science. Subjective analysis, not objective.

As Batiat said in The Law, “The law perverted!” Those in control have the power to pervert the law; and will do so, unless we are able to hold them to their constitutional oath, including due process, and cause them to view the law as it should be viewed, objectively, not subjectively: A + B = C.

In 1983, Mac wrote and self-published his first book, April 15th: The Most Pernicious Attack Upon English Liberties, with the sub-title “A History of Individual Rights vs. Tax Investigators From 1754 Boston to 1988 Iran-Contra.”

The dedication reads: “For our three sons, Scott, Ryan, and Nathan, that they may grow in the knowledge of ‘Freeborn Englishmen.’ And for ‘The Patriots,’ and their ‘Sons of Liberty.'”

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Mac’s military experience includes

Weapons platoon leader

Famed 82nd Airborne Division

Platoon leader and company commander

18 months combat, Vietnam, I Corps, 1968-69, famed 173rd Airborne Division (Separate)

Professor of Military Science, University of Cincinnati

A- Team commander (SCUBA), Army Special Forces (famed Green Berets), Utah National Guard; instructor, First Special Forces, U.S. Army Reserves

His decorations include

Combat Infantryman Badge

Several Air Medals

Several Bronze Star Medals

The Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star
Mac’s father died when Mac was two, and when Mac was in the first grade, the children were placed in Catholic boarding schools run by nuns, the boys in St. Aloysius Military Institute in Ohio for two years, until the school shut down.

Mac and his brother then attended for two years Millersburg Military Institute in Kentucky. Thus, Mac first wore the military uniform at age six. From first grade it was his dream and desire to attend a service academy.

Mac won a Congressional appointment to West Point directly from public high school in Cincinnati, where he swam and played football.

When Mac was in his first summer at West Point, known as “Beast Barracks,” in 1963, on his first military hike, of the Army branch options – ranging from Corps of Engineers to Finance Corps, he emphatically chose to “march to the sound of the guns” in a “combat arms branch” – Airborne, Ranger, Infantry, and Special Forces; and senior year he chose Airborne Infantry.

During his second summer at West Point, when Mac was 19, he met Barbara who lived in the Philadelphia area. Barbara was 16. When Mac returned from 18 months of combat in Vietnam in December of 1969, he flew to see Barbara; the following September they were married.

They have three sons:

  • Scott (J.D., Chapman; M.S., Mathematics, Purdue),
  • Ryan (Ph.D., Notre Dame, Professor of History, Bethany Lutheran College),
  • and Nathan (J.D., Drake University).

They have twelve grandchildren and three golden retrievers. Mac’s interests are: grandchildren, walking Doggie, flying, sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, plus reading and writing. The couple has homes in both Glendale (Phoenix), Arizona, and Encinitas (San Diego), California.